Senators debate Red Flag Act grants after Texas shooting

“We have no illusions that it will be easy. We have been burned in the past when Republicans promised to debate only for them to break their promise,” Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer said Thursday. “But even with long odds, the issue is so important, so raw to the American people, so personal to countless families who have missing children, that we must seize this opportunity.”

Schumer said Murphy, Blumenthal and other Democrats, whose senses. Delaware’s Chris Coons, New Mexico’s Martin Heinrich, and West Virginia’s Joe Manchin III are talking to Republicans about potential solutions, but they aren’t willing to negotiate forever.

“If these negotiations bear no fruit, the Senate will vote on gun safety legislation when we return” from the Memorial Day recess, Schumer said.

Murphy set up meetings with senators on Capitol Hill on Thursday and said he planned to continue negotiations during the break. As he sought to avoid predicting which legislative proposals, if any, would be successful, he confirmed the bipartisan interest in pushing states to implement red flag laws.

“Red flag laws are best administered at the state level. There have been a few proposed federal red flag laws. I’m not sure that’s the way to go,” Murphy said. “So I have no problem encouraging state red flag laws. … These systems aren’t cheap to implement, but they’re used frequently.

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